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 By Mark Worrall

New contract for Jose Mourinho would spell long-term success for Chelsea

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer weigh in on if Chelsea is the club to keep Jose Mourinho around for a long time.

News that Chelsea are preparing to offer manager Jose Mourinho an improved and extended contract has been welcomed by Blues supporters.

Having signed a four-year deal when he returned to Stamford Bridge in June 2013, Mourinho set about the task of restoring the London club to the pinnacle of the English game. Two years down the line, the Portuguese has done just that. The Premier League has been secured in emphatic fashion, with the added glory of a Capital One Cup final triumph over Tottenham at...

 By Michael Cox

Chelsea's Premier League title win has been solid but not spectacular

Eden Hazard's header following a saved penalty was enough to secure Chelsea's fourth Premier League title.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Chelsea were far better than the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City after being crowned 2015 Premier League champions.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes Chelsea were far better than the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City after being crowned 2015 Premier League champions.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's title-clinching win over Crystal Palace and breaks down the keys along Chelsea's road to the title.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley joins SportsCenter to discuss Chelsea's dominating title win.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's title-clinching win over Crystal Palace and breaks down the keys along Chelsea's road to the title.

In recent Premier League campaigns, we've been treated to some outstanding end-of-season drama.

Sergio Aguero's 94th-minute winner against QPR to seal the 2011-12 title for Manchester City was the most incredible clincher in the Premier League era, while other run-ins have also been memorable: Chelsea sealed the title in 2009-10 with an 8-0 victory on the final day, and Manchester United's 2013 triumph was clinched with a Robin van Persie strike that was voted goal of the season.

Even when the clinching...

The tactical keys to Chelsea's Premier League-winning campaign

Jose Mourinho lauded his Chelsea players for the determination, quality and consistency that secured the Blues' fourth Premier League title, following a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's title-clinching win over Crystal Palace and breaks down the keys along Chelsea's road to the title.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Chelsea's title-clinching win over Crystal Palace and breaks down the keys along Chelsea's road to the title.

In the age of tactical flexibility and squad rotation, Chelsea's title has been built on old-fashioned principles. Jose Mourinho has stuck to the same 4-2-3-1 framework throughout the campaign and has used the same players: three are ever-presents in the Premier League, 10 have started at least 26 games and an 11th, Diego Costa, would surely have done likewise but for injuries and suspension.

Chelsea's triumph has been based on key performers playing key roles and, tactically, six men have been particularly...

Serial winner Mourinho puts Rodgers to shame with tactics and trophies

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer weigh in on if Chelsea is the club to keep Jose Mourinho around for a long time.
Jose Mourinho outfoxed Brendan Rodgers at Anfield last season, when Liverpool threw away the league title, and the Chelsea boss' record in big games puts Rodgers' to shame.

The temptation is to look for evidence of influence, similarities and ideas passed down through managerial generations, yet while there was a time when Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers seemed master and apprentice, they now appear opposites.

That's not just because of the 21st Century enmity between Chelsea and Liverpool; nouveau-riche force and historic power.

This is the serial winner against the nearly-man. Mourinho has secured 18 major pieces of silverware, but Rodgers, 10 years his junior,...

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Asmir Begovic will want to be No. 1 at next club - Stoke's Charlie Adam

Asmir Begovic is reportedly attracting interest from clubs including Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has a "big decision" to make on his future this summer, teammate Charlie Adam has told talkSPORT.

Begovic, 27, is approaching the final year of his contract at Stoke and sources told ESPN FC this month that Inter Milan are ready to make a move for the Bosnia international amid doubts surrounding Samir Handanovic's future at the San Siro.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with the keeper, while the Daily Telegraph has reported that Chelsea are...